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Natural Gas Pipeline

Sections of pipe are stretched across a landscape in 2012 for natural gas pipeline north of Douglas in Converse County. The Wyoming Pipeline Authority is losing its executive director ahead of a merger with the Wyoming Infrastructure Authority.

The executive director of the Wyoming Pipeline Authority, Brian Jeffries, will retire at the end of the month after 12 years in the authority.

The Wyoming Pipeline Authority is set to merge with the Wyoming Infrastructure Authority, two semi-independent state agencies that have until now focused on facilitating different aspects of energy development in Wyoming. The first promotes and encourages pipeline planning and construction to move oil, natural gas and carbon dioxide through, and out of, the state. The latter, created in 2004, was meant to facilitate high-powered electricity infrastructure and help diversify the economy through advanced coal technology and coal exports.

Jeffries said he’d been through a number of mergers in his career and preferred to move to the private sector rather than face the upheaval and change that characterizes transition.

He will be joining a midstream company in Denver, Outrigger Energy II.

Taking Jeffries' place as interim executive director is Bryan Hassler, who served as executive director of the Wyoming Pipeline Authority before Jeffries.

“It has been a rewarding twelve plus years with the WPA during which the WPA has consistently achieved its mission of expanding market access for Wyoming produced oil and gas and by regularly defending Wyoming’s access to those markets,” Jeffries said in a statement, noting that he had once inherited the organization from Hassler and was confident that the interim would serve well during the merger.

Jason Beggar, executive director of the Wyoming Infrastructure Authority, will oversee the transition to a single Energy Authority, as per a bill that passed in the most recent legislative session. 

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Energy Reporter

Heather Richards writes about energy and the environment. A native of the Blue Ridge Mountains in Virginia, she moved to Wyoming in 2015 to cover natural resources and government in Buffalo. Heather joined the Star Tribune later that year.

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